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(Courtesy First Bank)

Continuing with its commitment to reforest Puerto Rico, FirstBank and its program Uno con el Ambiente returns with its reforestation tour, Crece Verde. In this new edition, 2,000 fruit and native tress will be distributed at Firstbank’s branches throughout the Island. Alexis Molinares, renowned ecologist and project consultant will provide guidance to people who visit the FirstBank branches about the appropriate type of tree to plant depending on the soil and space they have available.

“To satisfy the request of the people who received their tree in the last edition of Crece Verde, 80% of the trees we’re giving away will be fruit trees. We continue with our efforts to reforest Puerto Rico, promoting citizen education on how to properly plant trees and where to plant them since they help provide oxygen, reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and control soil erosion,” mentioned Alexis Molinares.

Until to August 2, those interested can visit any of the ten participating FirstBank branches to receive their orientation on which species they should adopt depending on the area where they will plant the native or fruit tree. The species to be distributed in this ninth edition include: fruit trees like mango, guava, cashew, pomegranate, rambutan, tamarind and soursop, and native trees like Indian tulip tree (majagüilla), native oak and bottlebrush. For more information about the Crece Verde tour see the media or visit:

Ginoris López-Lay, FirstBank’s executive vicepresident of Strategic Management, commented that “the Crece Verde tour makes clear FirstBank’s constant commitment with the environment for the reforestation of Puerto Rico. In its ninth edition, Crece Verde, has visited more than 100 sites and distributed approximately 10,000 trees. This year, we’re including fruit trees to satisfy all the requests we have received from the public. Besides reforesting, we recognize fruit trees can contribute to the food basket of the Puerto Rican family. Planting a fruit tree at home is a cost-efficient way of contributing to the basket, while saving the family money to buy food.”

Starting at 9:00 a.m., the reforestation tour, Crece Verde, will visit the following FirstBank branches on the following dates:

Friday, June 21 Plaza Trujillo, Carr. #181, Km 13.9, Trujillo Alto

Friday, June 28 Drive In Plaza, Carr. #2, km 13.9. Bo. Hato Tejas, Bayamón

Friday, July 05 Centro Comercial Las Catalinas, #E-6 Ave. Zafiro, Caguas

Friday, July 12 Calle Marginal, Carr. # 2, Km. 38.0, Vega Baja

Friday, July 19 Plaza Escorial, Lote 1-11W, Bo. Antón, Carolina

Friday, July 26 #1348 Ave. Miramar, Suite 1, Arecibo

Friday, August 02 Carr. #3, Km. 83, Esq. Boulevard Plaza, Humacao

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